Tuesday, August 10, 2010

How to edit windows 7 Hosts file

If you are already familiar with the hosts file in winXP and vista then editing the win7 host file will be a breeze if not continue reading and by the time you are done it will be a piece of cake.

You may or may not know this but the Hosts file is where you can manually enter a hostname and an IP address pair in order to bypass the DNS server. Knowing how to edit the Hosts file can save you some headache especially if you are in the field of IT.

The path for the Hosts file

C: windows/system32/drivers/etc/hosts

If the files do not show up they may be hidden to show hidden files click the down arrow next to organize (top left) then choose Folder and search options.

Click view and then click the Show hidden files, folders and drives radio button.

To start editing the your hosts file click start button, type notepad in the search field, right click on notepad and click Run as Administrator.

From here go to the location of the hosts file click the down arrow next to Text Documents (*.txt) and choose all files. If you don’t do this you will not see the hosts file.

After editing the host file save you changes and everything should work just fine.

Hope this helps.

Thank you for stopping by.

1 comment:

  1. hey arthur im trying to install TMG (treat management gateway)frm forefront on my small network at home.
    am using windows server 2008 r2 64bit.its my first time with software such as these.i seems to be having trouble with my installation...
    its not starting do u have any idea? how i can start?